Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme
Minister for Government Services

Media release: Ticket to safe travel overseas

18 October 2021

The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business

Senator the Hon Marise Payne
Minister for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Women

The Hon Greg Hunt MP
Minister for Health and Aged Care

The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

The Hon Karen Andrews MP
Minister for Home Affairs

Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC
Minister for Government Services
Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Australians are another step closer to safe overseas travel with the introduction of the Australian Government’s International COVID-19 proof of vaccination.

From tomorrow, 19 October 2021, Australians and Australian visa holders who have a valid passport and their COVID-19 vaccination recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) can obtain an International COVID-19 proof of vaccination.

The international proof of vaccine will enable fully vaccinated Australians to depart Australia and to travel internationally consistent with the National Plan to transition Australia’s COVID-19 Response.

It can be downloaded digitally or printed and is compatible with COVID-19 travel apps such as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass.

The international proof of vaccination features a secure QR code to prove COVID-19 vaccination status to border authorities around the world and increases a person’s ability to travel safely and with confidence.

The Visible Digital Seal technology within the international proof of vaccination is world-leading, it is as secure as an Australian passport, and authenticated in the same way.

The international certificate meets the new global standard specified by the International Civil Aviation Organization and conforms with World Health Organization guidance.

Australia will share the Visible Digital Seal technology, building a curated library of technical documents to assist interested countries develop their own vaccination certificates.

The launch of the international proof of vaccination is a key step towards safely reopening international borders and supporting Australia’s COVID-19 economic recovery.

Requesting an international certificate is free and easy. The easiest way to get your free international certificate is by using your Medicare account through myGov, or the Medicare Express app.

For more information visit servicesaustralia.gov.au/covidvaccineproof

Page last updated: 18 October 2021